In the history of mankind, many republics have risen, have flourished for a less or greater time, and then have fallen because their citizens lost the power of governing themselves and thereby of governing their state. TR

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Albany PTA Chairwoman Backs Tax Cut Deal

In one of the oddest pressure tactic campaigns I’ve seen in Washington, the White House is releasing dozens of statements of support from local officials praising the agreement with Republicans to temporarily maintain the Bush tax cuts. Here’s the latest mayor to hop aboard, in a statement released at 5:00 pm: Des Moines Mayor Backs Middle Class Tax Cut Framework Mayor T.M. Franklin Cownie’s Statement

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House Dems Reject Obama Deal With GOP

The House Democratic Caucus has voted to reject President Obama’s deal with Republicans on extending the Bush tax cuts, throwing the issue and Obama’s vacation into uncertainty. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will not put the agreement on the floor until it is changed in some unspecified manner. Speaking this afternoon to reporters, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs suggested the deal could be reopened, but

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Did Obama Get Oprah Her Kennedy Center Award?

It’s worth asking whether, directly or indirectly, President Obama was responsible for Oprah Winfrey’s Kennedy Center Honor. Obama hosted a White House reception for Oprah and four other recipients Sunday, and then they all trekked over to the Kennedy Center for a gala event where they witnessed  preening stars and wonderful performances. Actually, I don’t know what a gala event exactly is, but this sounds

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